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  2. Hope the dealer has a good electrical tech and the problem is straight forward and found. Keep us posted!
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  4. mdarren

    Paint flaking off

    My TC had a small paint defect. I used the touch-up paint that I got from paintscratch.
  5. Is one of the bulbs shorted? Sometimes when a bulb blows out you'll get a short. Replacing the bulb solves the problem. Remove the headlight bulbs and check them both with an ohm meter to see if you have a shorted one. While you have the bulbs out, replace the fuse and see if it blows again Don
  6. My Rhinos are yellow plastic, very solid and rated at 12,000 pounds. I've had 3/4 ton diesel trucks on them several times, so the TC is no load at all for them. They still look near new after more than 20 years Those wooden ones look very solid too, but my Rhinos lift the vehicle several inches higher than those do Don
  7. I tried replacing the fuse for healights im the engine compartment. It's a 15A fuse, and as soon as I put in a mew one, it popped right away. There must be a short somewhere..
  8. Yesterday
  9. Seems there are different model Rhino ramps .
  10. Sure. Hit the brakes suddenly. Run over a speed bump. Drive on uneven pavement. That plywood won't come down and hit you on the head.
  11. In the old days, Ford had poor quality switches. The little spin dial on the dash didn't work properly, or the multi-function switch stalk on the steering column. Some people were able to remove them and clean the contacts, and they worked again. Some people simply installed new parts. With any luck, you should be able to pickup those parts, install with a little dielectric grease, and you'll be back on the road. No way any and all of those issues are on the same circuit, so it probably won't be fuse or relay. Worst case scenario, it could be an issue with the Body Control Module which controls the lighting. As for the air bag light.....Not fun. A lot of work. Take apart all of the panels to get to the airbags, removing them, cleaning the contacts, and reassembling.
  12. Well, I started getting electrical issues (no headlights -low and high beams, no front fogs, no left turn signals, airbag light is on)... I hope it's only an open circuit short somewhere. I'm bringing the car back to dealership so he can fix it.
  13. 4 x 8 sheets do fit in the LWB. Front passenger seat forward, folded down. Slide sheet in, passenger side low, drivers side high, over headrest. Prop up with stick etc. up towards roof for adequate head room. Not that the first sheet is easy but it fits. I prop up the back end of the sheet as well but it doesn't need to be that high.
  14. Yes, I have NAV and it is dated 1-15. Manufacturers are often a year behind in map releases, so a 2016 model would have 2015 maps until the 2016 version is released and implemented in the assembly line. Always a good idea to have choices in life. I use a Garmin NAV in my work TC which is powered by a cigar lighter outlet. Another idea is to purchase a USB to cigar lighter adapter, they're inexpensive and gives you options of having both, super easy and reversible. I found a workaround for the audio channel switching issue. The system likes to default to radio. So if you're using XM or USB and you turn the vehicle off, it will usually (although not always) default back to the radio. I have found that when using XM or USB, if I manually turn off the audio system before turning off the vehicle, and returning starting the TC and then turning on the audio, it will be back to where I left it. A minor pain, but it seems to work.
  15. I also use a pair of yellow Rhino Ramps that I bought about 20 years ago. I store them hanging from two nails driven in the wall of my garage, but if you don't have a garage, they would store just as easily hanging from nails in the back of a closet, out of sight. They don't weigh much and take up very little room. They've been used with everything I drive for a long time and are easily worth 10X what I paid for them. For servicing the trans, I drive up on the ramps and then raise the rear up to an equal height using a jack and jack stands. While I don't LIKE getting under cars any more at my age, I just don't trust anyone else. My daughter bought a new Hyundai which came with free oil changes for two years and the dealer left the oil fill cap off and by the time she got home she had a huge cloud of smoke everywhere. They flat bed towed it back to the dealer where it took them 3 days to clean up the mess! At least she got a loaner car to use We bought our '14 used with 13K on it and 2 years of factory warranty remaining. When we got it, the passenger window would only roll up or down about an inch and a half with every press of the switch and then it would stop and you'd have to press the switch again. 5 or 6 presses of the switch to roll it up or down. Also, the rear wiper didn't work. Took it to the dealer and they had it for 8 days. Ordered a new motor for the window and had to wait for that to be delivered and then installed . . . . and when that didn't fix it, (same exact symptoms) they decided maybe they better read the book. All it needed to fix the window issue was a 5 minute reprogram of the computer. The rear wiper was just a fuse. When I finally got it back, the bill was $99. - That was for changing the fuse, as fuses aren't covered by the warranty. "$99 to change a fuse seems kinda steep" I complained. "Well, we have to troubleshoot it to find WHY the fuse blew". the service manager tells me. "Well, what did your troubleshooting tell you about why it blew?" - "We don't know - We replaced the fuse and it didn't blow again". When I pointed out to him that they had offered me a loaner vehicle for what turned out to be 8 days because their troubleshooting of the window wasn't done any differently than the fuse, but I told them I had another vehicle to drive, they agreed to drop the $99 charge I've never been back there - They proved to me that if I want to drive a trouble-free vehicle, I need to keep it out of their garage!! So, I dusted off my Rhino Ramps and am STILL doing my own maintenance. Thankfully with all synthetic fluids, the 'TC doesn't require me to get under it all that often and since we rarely drive it locally (we have 3 electric cars) it doesn't get many miles unless we are traveling out of state Don
  16. Don't know if it'll help with your Gen1, but here's the Gen2 install insructions for the factory tow hitch wiring kit that includes recommended routing for the power supply wire through an opening at the base of the A pillar. Note: Transit Connect starts on page 20 since the instructions cover multiple vehicles. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2no1NZQbXg0b19VUXNGSUMxdVU/view
  17. True, the tool, however, is pretty expensive for the amount of use it'll get. And I don't think I could find a rental on one anywhere. So I just followed what this guy did: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVgLQZ8-IUs Worked great
  18. For oil changes I bought a pair of Rino Ramps - Amazon I think. They work very well, can drive up on them without much effort, miss all of the plastic in front and have descent stops so I don't drive over them. They stack together somewhat for storing so take up less space. With the extra few inches the oil change is easy. I can get to all of the screws to loosen the under tray. It is the best one I have encountered. It stays in place even when the screws and two clips are removed but is easy to slide back and drop. Doesn't weigh much. Oil filter is easy to get to and is a spin on so easy enough to remove. Drian plug is also easy to get to. Only issue was pouring the oil in - had to dig out the small funnel I used on my motorcycles. I have a garage but in front of the TC is a metal lathe from the late 1800's so not much room. On the floor I put some of the square floor cushions I got at Costco. They make it easy to lay on the floor. I'm very happy with the engine bay on this car. My son had a VW Jetta with the turbo motor, very difficult to get to stuff in that engine bay.
  19. Fifty150

    Ford Transit Connect meets Focus RS

    Except for the part where they bolted 2 spare tires to the cargo floor. With a lot of cars on the road, people tend to modify them to gain performance. HP, torque, traction, stopping distance, cornering.......this is why SEMA exist and there is a huge convention in Las Vegas every year. Most of those car owners think that the factory should have sold the car in it's modified condition. After all, who wouldn't want to buy a car which was already tuned to maximum ability, instead of buying a car that you put more money into? Worry not. This is just proof, that Transit Connect could be better. Now someone just has to build a SEMA ready version, bring it to SEMA, and be able to produce and bring all the necessary parts to market. Every piece needed from fabricated adapters, to custom mounting pieces, to the motor, the turbo, the exhaust, the reinforced transmission, the manual shifter knob........and somehow find a way to sell those kits to Transit Connect owners and not go bankrupt. I would look, admire, and then scoff. If I wanted a performance car, I would have bought a different car. Just my opinion. If I take my $20K Transit Connect, and add in $10K worth of upgrades, I may as well spend $30K on a car with better performance. I drive an F-150, not a Raptor. Ford figured out that there was a market for a basic utility truck, and room for a performance truck. Along the way, they must have figured out that there is no market for a performance van. Same way that Ford never built an Econoline 4X4 van, built off the F-Series 4X4 truck. Yet, there is an aftermarket where you can have a 4X4 van built. I think an All Wheel Drive Transit Connect would enter the market before a fast Transit Connect. Maybe built from an AWD Escape platform. But it sure is neat to look at something like that, and admire it. Anyone consider building a Transit Connect - Escape Frankenstein Van with AWD?
  20. Fifty150

    OEM tires and wheelspin

    A softer tire with better traction, will yield less in tire life. You'll spend more, to replace them more often. It's all worth it if you are gaining better traction. You will be safer. With a little tap of the throttle, the tires spin to gain traction. Imagine when the tires are already spinning, at a mile a minute, and you apply the brakes. Will your tires have to necessary traction for you to stop on a dime from 60 mph? Now change the road conditions from dry, to wet. Driving conditions vary, along with driving style. For my use, the stock tires are performing at a satisfactory level.
  21. OLDSCHOOLFOOL

    OEM tires and wheelspin

    I had wheelspin when I first got the van. Changed out the original Continentals for a wider footprint and haven't had any issues since, wet or dry.
  22. WillMartin

    Ford Transit Connect meets Focus RS

    Dayum! That would be fun. I have thought stuffing a big V8 in the cargo area to turn one into a Q-ship would be a lot of fun. Expensive and useless as a van, but it would surprise just about everyone who argued with it. One of those from Ford would not be as stupid fast, but it would still be usable as a van. Which means it could be rationalized. That's the key to getting it into the garage. Nope, not a hot-rod, just a van...
  23. WillMartin

    OEM tires and wheelspin

    And what sizes are available. The stock wheels are going to go when the tires that are on my van go. They spun up again today, and it was mostly dry. They are absolutely awful tires. I'm guessing that the Firestones that are on my van are a step down from the original Contis, if that's what Ford put on TCs in 2009 when mine was built.
  24. Same procedure with every car. Look under the car to see where the OEM wires go into the cab. Usually, there's already a big rubber grommet which you can easily slide another wire through alongside. Worse comes to worse, zip tie your wire run alongside the OEM wire run, drill a hole next to the OEM hole, and use a grommet. What are you trying to do? If you need extra power in the cab, you should be able to simply add a fuse at the fuse box, instead of running a new circuit from the battery.
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  26. Passenger wagon & cargo van have the same exact suspension. They did not retune the suspension for passenger wagon comfort. The rear suspension is just a coil spring with a shock absorber alongside. This is designed for cargo weight in the rear to balance against the engine & transmission in the front of the car. Not engineered for comfort. The best seat is 1st row driver & passenger, since it is midpoint between the front & rear wheels. From there on back, it's bouncy time. The 3rd row sits right above the rear wheels. It's a better ride than my truck. But far from luxury car comfort. Kids don't seem to mind. My friends don't complain, since the seats are wider, and there's more headroom & legroom, than any of their more expensive crossovers. As one of my buddies pointed out, it's no more or less comfortable than those shuttle vans that you take from the airport.......i.e. Ford E150 or Transit E150. Same rubber floor, same cloth seats, same big windows, same bumpy ride, same amount ambient noise. I just make sure that there's a basket of fruit, warm muffins, morning papers, and fresh squeezed juice when I go to pick them up. Less cost. That is true with everything on every car. Whatever you do yourself, will save what you will have to pay someone else. There is a gas station near me with a service bay. If I supply the oil & filter, he will do it for $15. A dollar a minute. A couple of neighborhood guys go there, since they don't want to hassle with doing an oil change in the street - like me. It's just an oil change. The guy is competent enough that he uses hand tools instead of air tools, won't overtorque, cross-thread, or strip your drain bolt, and he won't over-tighten the oil filter. It's not the oil change. That's easy. It's the fact that he has a lift. And you don't have to deal with rebottling the used oil and disposal of the used oil and filter. He told me once that for the same $15, he'll put the car on the lift, and he'll let me turn the wrench myself while he drinks a cup of coffee. He's seen me doing my own service work out on the street. Corner mechanic next to my ex girlfriend used to work on her car for free, because I helped him out here and there......just things like when you need an extra hand to hold onto something, someone to pump the brake pedal, unlock the shop on a Saturday to allow customers to drop off cars so that he can spend the morning with his kids at little league, or tell his wife that he was with me at the bar when he was really out with his girlfriend.
  27. Fifty150

    Ford Transit Connect meets Focus RS

    They're not going to have much in the way of curbside appeal, unless you're really into vans.
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